Clean, comfortable and modern
Ngoc Viet Bungalow looks like a carbon copy of its neighbour Huynh Gia, right down to the three clocks at reception delivering Hanoi, London and New York time.
Same-same aside, this family-owned hotel offers fantastic comfort and value. It was clearly brand new when we stayed in December 2015 and it has more poise and polish than the average bungalow. All bungalows face a leafy central pathway. Inside the generously spacious rooms have laminate floor and wood furniture including a desk, bedside table and window side sitting area. Rooms come with air-con, WiFi, minibar, kettle and tea set, flatscreen TV and air-con. The bathrooms are a backpacker’s dream. Guests big and small can enjoy the enormous glass shower with piping hot water and good pressure. There all those little things that make life easier: countertop, towel rack, hooks and pluggable sink.
The family who owns Ngoc Viet is very friendly and sweet, though with their limited English communication is sometimes a struggle. A simple breakfast can be ordered the night before.
Ngoc Viet Bungalow is located on the other side of Tran Hung Dao, on a paved lane running off of it. There are now several new bungalow-type accommodation on this lane, including Mon Bungalow and Little Garden. It’s walking distance to Long Beach though it certainly is more convenient to rent one of their bicycles or motorbikes.
Address: Lane 113 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc Island
T: (077) 397 9898; F: (077) 397 9897
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º58'2.45" E, 10º12'7.05" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||530,000 dong||680,000 dong|
|Triple air-con private bathroom|
|690,000 dong||840,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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